Boardman police can temporarily house stray dogs

BOARDMAN, Ohio (WKBN) — The Boardman Police Department can now safely house a couple stray dogs until the pound, or their owners, can claim them.

Local businesses and Boy Scout Troop 60 helped build two kennels earlier this month outside the police department. Inside are dog houses built by inmates of the Northeast Ohio Correctional Center.

Officers said they have often taken stray dogs into the department or their own homes during overnight hours or after someone has been injured in a car crash while their dog is in the vehicle.

“What does the department do with someone’s dog when they’ve been transported and you can’t get hold of the family? So this gives us an outlet where we have a safe, secure location for someone’s pet until other arrangements can be made or the dog warden is contacted, the owner is found, whatever the case is,” said Boardman police officer Jack Neapolitan.

Officers stress they’re not turning the police department into an animal shelter or adoption center. This program is expected to catch on with other police departments around the Valley.

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